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10 Ways to Get the Perfect Pedicure

Pedi professionals tell Instyle readers everything they need to know about pedicures.

1. Scrub discolored nails with diluted Clorox for a fresh start.

2. Match the toe color with the sandal. Ji Baek, owner of Rescue Beauty Lounge in New York City, says, "The more embellished the sandal, the more neutral toes should be. No metallic with metallic. Be daring with conservative shoes. And coral goes with anything!" The magazine suggests Sally Hansen Insta-Dri nail color in Petal Pusher, OPI Nail Lacquer in No Room for the Blues, Nars nail polish in Zizi, and Dior Vernis iN Bubble Gum to correspond with different peep-toe pumps and flats.

3. Nail pro Deborah Lippmann adds extra base coat, color, and top coat across the ends of each nail. She says, "The tips are the first to peel, so you want to reinforce them."

4. Podiatrist Suzanne Levine recommends using "the same exfoliating glycolic acid peels once reserved for the face" on soles for tough calluses.

5. "Dark shades take almost twice as long to dry as light ones," CND nail tech Roxanne Valinoti tells InStyle. For a quick dry, use baby pink or beige polish.

6. To break in new sandals, try wearing them around the house with thick socks. For the tops of toes, a strip of clear medical tape will prevent friction.

7. InStyle says a matte finish is the next season's biggest nail trend. "Simply use your base coat as a top coat to remove the shine from your lacquer." The magazine suggests using Butter London Nail Foundation.

8. Who needs a steady hand? Paint on two coats at night, and after a morning shower, scrape paint off the skin around your toenails with a fingernail for a clean finish.

9. Stash some cleansing towelettes nearby to clean grimy flip-flop feet, because even a great toes can't save dirty feet.

10. Use these four-sided buffers from Sally Beauty to repair chips and nicks. "Smooth the ragged edges with a buffer and fill the dent with polish. Wait a minute for it to dry, then paint the entire nail with another coat of color; seal with a top coat."

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